Walt Whitman Analysis

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Walt Whitman was a man that served as a nurse helping wounded soldiers in the Civil War. While he was there, he took what he saw and wrote them in his poems. Every aspect of each poem related to the time that he was in and he wrote about every experience and feeling he had about what he saw. Whitman had three themes that he used to focus all of his poems on and these themes were individuality, democracy, and freedom. With writing with these themes, Whitman could make an impact on what the reader imagined in their head while reading and he was also able to convey a certain feeling through his poems that he wanted the reader to feel. Whitman had a unique style of writing, which was free verse. ...view middle of the document...

Joining the war effort helps to support Whitman’s idea of democracy, freedom, and individuality because being in the war would help to unify the nation into what it was before the secession.

Not only does Whitman bring out emotion in his poems, but he also uses visual imagery in his poems by the way he writes and the words that he uses to express the image he is trying to convey. In “Calvary Crossing a Ford,” the mood of the poem is joy and peace. The poem describes horses at war stopping to get something to drink. What the reader can hear in this poem is the “musical clank” (3) of the arms on the horses, and the “splashing” (4) of the horses in the river. What the reader could picture in their head while reading this is the “silvery” (4) hue of the river, the “arms flashing in the sun,” (2) and the “scarlet blue and snowy white” (8) of the land next to the river. A solider in this situation might have felt calm because of how the horses were frolicking on the ford. In “Bivouac on A Mountain Side,” the mood of the poem is calm. This poem is talking about Whitman observing a military campsite on the mountainside. What the reader can see in this poem is the “orchards of summer,” (2) and the “shadowy forms of men and horses” (6) Whitman also describes the stars that he sees and says that they are “far out of reach, studded, and breaking out” (7) In this poem, a soldier might have felt safe because there is not any action going on in this poem besides the soldiers setting up at the camp sight. In “A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim,” the moods of the poem are peaceful at first, then sad and mournful, and lastly, calm and content. This poem is talking about a soldier waking up in the morning and going out and discovering three dead bodies. As the soldier comes across the second body, he becomes saddened because he realized that the young boy that died had his whole life ahead of him. He describes the boy with “cheeks, yet blooming” (14). What the reader can feel is the “cool, fresh air” (3) as the soldier is walking out of the tent. What the...

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